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Obama says President Hu's visit lays foundation for Sino-U.S. relations in next 30 years
2011/01/20
 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Wednesday that President Hu Jintao's ongoing visit will lay the foundation for the next 30 years in the development of U.S.-China relations.

Speaking at the welcome ceremony for President Hu on the South Lawn at the White House, Obama said the previous 30 years has been "a time of growing exchanges and understanding" between the two states and "with this visit, we can lay the foundation for the next 30 years."

Obama also said the United States welcomes China's rise as "a strong, prosperous and successful member" of the community of nations.

He said the United States and China "have an enormous stake in each other's success," adding that "nations including our own will be more prosperous and secure when we work together."

Obama said the relationship between China and the United States has prospered over the past three decades, and both sides "can cooperate in a spirit of mutual respect for our mutual benefit."

President Hu arrived here Tuesday for a four-day state visit to the United States, his second as head of state of China.

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